Paris, the "City of Light", can be described as having the most romantic atmosphere; the most chic stores, and incomparable restaurants that delivers the best in fine French cuisine. France's magnificent capital is one of the world's most captivating cities, filled with art, culture and history. With the Seine River running nearby, the city features a network of charming streets sprinkled with trendy cafés, designer bars and restaurants. 

Its historic development as the "City of Lights" began over 900-years ago in the medieval heart of the city - the two islands in the Seine, Ile St. Louis and Ile de la Cite. Earlier kings were strong supporters of the arts and education. So, they established the Sorbonne (one of the world's oldest and most revered universities) in the vicinity of bustling Latin Quarter, packed with students and bohemian life. In 1200, a grand palace fortress, known today as The Louvre, was built on the city's Right Bank. Over the centuries, the city added the grand boulevards of Place Vendome, Place de la Concorde and Champs-Elysees; the unique silhouettes of the Eiffel Tower and Beaubourg (Centre Pompidou). 

  Yet, Paris is a relatively small city with most major sights and museums within walking distance. The city is made up of 20 districts, each with its own unique culture and particular history. There is much to be discovered in Paris with its many museums, outstanding architectures, monuments, parks, fascinating streets and variety of quarters (neighborhoods). 

 Many world-famous landmarks cover the city, such as, the Eiffel Tower; the 164-foot Arc de Triomphe; the magnificent Louvre; and the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the city. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the Musee d'Orsay. 

Paris is a splendid city, however, this should not mask the treasures of things to be seen and experienced in other close by cities. Try taking small excursions pass the city's charming, provincial banlieaux (suburbs) to the Ile de France, where the French kings built splendid Chartes Cathedral and castles as famous as Versailles (Palaces of Versailles); the forest of Fontainebleau; the gardens of painter Claude Monet's in Giverny; the Futuroscope Attraction Park of Poitiers, the Mont St-Michel, or the allied cemeteries in Normandie.


So maybe, you are not so big on sightseeing. Shopping is another exotic way of discovering this city. Besides, Paris is one of the premier cities in the world of luxuries and fashion. Perfumes, cosmetics and world-known fashion designs can be found in its many stores in the fascinating neighborhoods of Belleville and Ménilmontant. For the serious shoppers, the famous Rue du Faubourg St. Honore and the Marais is a must.

 For rare furniture or small items, the Flea markets or Auction Sales may attract your attention. At la Salle Drouot or the Flea markets, one can browse astonishing rare items, art paintings or beautiful jewelry.

The night is often the best moment to observe the city of light. The various districts give the city great life. As one area falls asleep, another wakes up. You can easily leave the beaten tracks, to discover more romantic and intimate zones in the heart of the city. Maybe, you prefer a romantic dinner on the Seine, going to the theatre, to the cabaret, to the pub or to disco - a Parisian night breaks open to new opportunities of diversion.

Regardless of your taste, in Paris you can always find an activity, whether day or the evening, to enjoy your time. Its 13 million inhabitants and its many cultural events give it such a vibrant life. Paris hosts numerous cultural events and festivals throughout the year, such as The French Open tennis tournament (May), Bastille Day (July), and the Fête de la Musique. You'll understand why Paris is truly one of the world's most wonderful cities.

  School Facilities  
  Lutèce Langue Centre: is located in the heart of Paris, within  the famous Les Halles, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The school is close to Centre Georges Pompidou, Opéra, Marais, St Germain, Montmartre, etc. The area is alive and trendy with lots of cafés, restaurants and shops. 


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